VIDEO: Lowkey ft. Mai Khalil – “Cradle of Civilisation” //
Deep and heartfelt, English and Arabic, Hip-Hop and R&B — it’s no wonder this song quickly made it into our August FEN FIVE. And with just enough footage from Iraq cut in to some nicely shot portrait and performance footage, the video makes every line even stronger. What I like most about this song is that in addition to telling a real and honest story in an ode to his Mesopotamian motherland, Lowkey invokes a feeling of longing for better things wherever “back home” is. And that’s a sign of truly good music.